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Prof Stephen Marshall
Wates House
22 Gordon Street
Tel: +44 20 7679 4884
Fax: +44 20 7679 7502
  • Professor of Urban Morphology and Urban Design
  • The Bartlett School of Planning
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Stephen Marshall is Professor in Urban Morphology and Urban Design at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. Dr Marshall has over twenty five years’ experience in the built environment fields, initially in consultancy and subsequently in academia. His principal research interests are in urban morphology and street layout, and their relationships with urban formative processes, including urban design, coding and planning. He has written or edited several books, including Streets and Patterns (2005), Land Use and Transport (with David Banister), Cities, Design and Evolution (2009) and Urban Coding and Planning (2011). He was Chair of the Editorial Board of Urban Design and Planning (Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers journal series) from its launch to 2012; and is now co-editor of Built Environment journal.

Research Summary

My research interests address interactions between the following areas:

  • Urban design theory;
  • Urban morphology;
  • Street layout and transport network structure;
  • Design and planning codes and rules relating to these;
  • Urban 'morphogenetics' and evolution. 

My most recent ongoing research relates to different aspects of urban morphology and urban design and planning:

  • My paper 'Science, pseudo-science and urban design' was published in Urban Design International in 2012. 
  • I guest edited an issue of Built Environment journal (with Olgu Caliskan) on the theme of Urban Morphology and Design (2011).
  • My most recent (edited) book Urban Coding and Planning was published in 2011.

I have presented recently on various aspects of urban morphology - at the MeasUrb workshop in Lisbon, at the AESOP conference in Ankara (both 2012) - on urban codes and grammars (Singapore, June 2013) and complex design using patterns (Delft, October 2013).

Teaching Summary

Academic year 2013-14

· BSc2 Urban Form and Formation (co-ordinator)

· BSc3 Transport Policy and Planning (co-ordinator)

· MSc Urban Design Specialism module (co-ordinator)

· Sustainable Urban Development Project (contributor)

In previous years

· Urban Design Specialism module (co-ordinator or contributor)

· Advanced Research Methods (co-ordinator)

· Planning Project: Plan-Making (co-ordinator)

· Critical Debates in Planning (contributor) 

Academic Background
2001 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Planning studies University College London
1995 P.Grad Dip Postgraduate Diploma – Urban Design Edinburgh College of Art
1989 MSc Master of Science – Transport Planning University of Leeds
1988 BEng Bachelor of Engineering – Civil Engineering University of Glasgow
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